Advice from Author, Speaker and Counselor Beth Golden
We are living in a world of rapid change and the job front seems to be an area where there isa lot of movement. Some have been laid off and are seeking a new position within the sameindustry. Others have had to “jump tracks” and are seeking positions within new areas of interest utilizing their current skill set. Whether you’ve chosen your new employment adventure or it’s been thrust upon you it is important to be gentle with yourself knowing you’re entering into a new routine, a time of training and learning to work well with a new set of people. Certified Medical Assistant and Spiritual Counselor Beth Golden offers five key points involved in making a smooth job transition:
When preparing for a new position it is important to do your homework. Go online to find the companies of interest in your area and do some reading about their corporate culture. Decide how far you’re willing to commute, can you work from home, how much you need/want to be paid, know what hours you’re willing to work and consider your social skills and how they may be utilized. Next cast your bread (application) upon the water. Apply to as many places as possible with the above criteria.2) Know your strengths and weaknesses
When you know your strengths and weaknesses you’re better able to morph to fit the job(s) you’re interested in. Many times your strength will be the opposite of your weakness. i.e. Strength: I am a natural leader who creates order within an organization and/or project planning. I’m a team player and enjoy working cooperatively with others. Weakness: It is difficult for me to shift gears in an instant while working on a projects list-of-things-to-do. I find I become frustrated and less tolerant of those around me who change the order to fulfill the new mandate. When you are aware of your strengths & weaknesses you can adjust your attitude within the work environment making it a win/win for all.
3) Be Open to New Perspectives and Ideas
When beginning a new job or career it is important to be open to the company’s perspectives and ideas. Take some time to be the observer before making changes (unless tasked to do so) that may ruffle co-workers feathers. Be on time, be courteous and create trust among your new associates. As time passes and you become part of their family your new ideas will be more readily accepted and appreciated.
4) Acceptance, not resistance, will produce positive results
Let it go, let it go. Life is change. Life is flow. It can be frustrating starting a new position and some young whipper snapper has been directed to train you for a position you’ve excelled in for years. It can be challenging to accept a “way of doing things” when you know there’s a more efficient method. Accepting direction in an open manner will eliminate a lot of stress. As in #3 above…once you’ve proven yourself and are achieving the desired results…any new methodology should not come into question.
5) Expect the best from the new people you work with
It’s important to remember you’ve been hired to fill a need that isn’t being met. Your work associates, while curious about the new kid on the block, are probably thrilled that they will have fewer responsibilities. It is always beneficial to conduct yourself with kindness and respect as like attracts like. Know that uncomfortable behavior is usually exhibited when people are under stress to meet deadlines. Maintaining your cool will help alleviate stress and ear mark you as a positive team player.
Best of luck to you as you navigate the many changes life has to offer. Each new change is an opportunity to grow and to exercise new talents. These guidelines and others are found in Dr. Golden’s new book, Golden Solutions for Change, a comprehensive, self-help guide for anyone seeking to conquer change and thrive at any stage in life.
About the author
Beth Golden is a certified medical assistant, reverend and a doctor of spiritual counseling living in Longmont, Colo. Having created a successful career in the aerospace and biopharmaceutical industries, Dr. Golden decided to pursue more personally meaningful endeavors, earning her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Metaphysical Sciences from the University of Metaphysical Sciences. Dr. Golden uses unique tools and approaches to deliver consistently discerninand life-changing perspectives for those looking to not just cope, but thrive in all their endeavors and relationships. Golden Solutions for Change is available at amazon.com, www.drbethgolden.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, bookstore.authorhouse.com.